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Ms Karin Polaine

Ms Karin Polaine

Mobile 0413 191 343
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Mobile 0413 191 343

At the heart of my therapy approach lies the work with unconscious and psychodynamic processes, whilst drawing from my extensive work experience in clinical psychology.


  • Suite 3, 2A/16 Boyle Street, Sutherland, Sydney NSW 2232 0413 191 343 PHONE 0413 191 343
  • 101/54-56 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, Sydney NSW 2065 PHONE 0413 191 343 0413 191 343


  • Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis 
  • I am a Jungian Psychotherapist. Previously, I trained and worked as a clinical psychologist in Germany for many years, where I treated patients across all age groups specializing in a wide range of clinical diagnoses such as depression and anxiety disorders as well as looking at relationships issues, feelings of stagnation or mid-life crisis that manifest in symptoms, such as anxiety, low or heightened moods, problems with sleep or eating, excessive anger, feelings of shame and guilt, or a lack of self-worth. My approach combines the rigor of a clinical application as well as the depth of a psychodynamic process, at the core of which stands the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Borderline Personality, Creativity, Cultural Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Dreams, Emotional Crisis, Existential Issues, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Developmental, Jungian, Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic

    My main treatment approaches are psychodynamic psychotherapy, a focused, structured, goal-oriented approach looking at a central conflict in the here and now and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which looks more at early childhood trauma and conflict and how unconscious aspects manifest themselves in relationship patterns. I also offer crisis interventions, helping clients to recover and regain their capacity to make decisions and take action in stressful situations. A variety of techniques, working with dream symbols or active imagination, allow us to become more aware of the unconscious content and help to integrate those split-off parts within us and change the way we relate to others and ourselves.


    • M.Sc. Clinical Psychology - 2009 - Universität Konstanz, Germany
    • B.Sc. Psychology - 2005 - Macquarie University, Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society


      I hold a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Konstanz University, Germany and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Macquarie University, Australia. I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), have trained as an analytic and psychodynamic psychotherapist, first at the C.G. Jung Institute in Stuttgart, Germany and now at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts (ANZSJA). I am a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, have practiced Yoga for over 20 years and taught and run classes in my own yoga studio for the last 10 years.


      For appointments please contact me on 0413191343


      $150 per 50 Minutes
      Cancellation policy:
      48 hours prior to appointment or full fee applies

      Payment Options

      Credit card, EFTPOS, cash or cheque


    • English
    • German

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      10 Questions with Karin Polaine

      • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

      • I always had a strong interest in Jungian psychotherapy as I felt it resonated most with the way I wanted to work with my clients. I was particularly interested in the way Jung used symbols in his therapy that came from dreams or other creative work. Through the symbols some new aspect of the Self, previously unconscious, could be revealed.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • I was particularly drawn to Jung's ideas about the Self, complexes, shadow aspects and the notion of the collective unconscious and wanted to know more about their application in a clinical context.

      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • I am interested in all psychological conditions that involve suffering. They are often symptoms of transition or turning points in life and offer a chance to look more closely at what exactly is at stake. Jungian psychotherapy offers a creative way to deal with those sufferings. Due to my yoga background and practice, I am interested in the somatic expression of psychological suffering. This may be down to how we hold our bodies, where body pain is located and body image in general. Often the body expresses psychological issues - blockages, repression, anxiety, etc. – before the mind is consciously aware of them.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • I work with transference/countertransference, dreams or active imagination.
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      Ms Karin Polaine

      Karin Polaine

      Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

      For many years I have worked as a Jungian Psychotherapist with patients across all age groups in private and clinical settings. My particular interest is in unconscious processes – material that is not immediately accessible to our conscious minds, but largely determines who we are and how we behave. The aim of therapy is to become more aware of those unconscious parts in us and change the way we relate to others and ourselves. ...

      • Sutherland, Crows Nest
      • Developmental, Jungian, Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic